Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coachella Festival 2014 - Weekend 2 review

Selected coverage below appeared at

Each year I eagerly look forward to attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California (near Palm Springs) to catch performers that I missed on recent tours, reacquaint myself with old favorites, revel in a few reunions and see if some really do live up to the hype. 

This was my 13th time at Coachella, which started in 1999 and has been held annually since '01. 

The event featured 150+ acts from around the world. Over three days during Weekend 2, I managed to witness partial or entire sets from 33 of them on six different stages (three were EDM or DJ-based).

An early arrival always helps to survey the amazing array of art installations and take pictures without a bunch of people around. This year's crop included Reflection Field by Philip K. Smith (pictured above), CryoChrome by James Peterson, Lightweaver by Alexis Rochas - which most people called "the pretzel" - Smart Bird by Festo, Becoming Human by Christian Ristow, Caterpillar by Mike Grandaw, Squared by Charlie Gadekan, Escape Velocity by Poetic Kinetics (aka "the astronaut") and others around the Empire Polo Field and campgrounds.

On Friday, the first artist on my target list was British sensation Tom Odell in the Mojave tent, drawing a decent crowd for his dramatic and melodic pop-inflected rock at noon. The BRIT Award-winning singer/pianist and his backing trio proved highly impressive during songs from his solid U.K. chart topping debut, Long Way Down, like a haunting “Can’t Pretend” and the Coldplay-esque “I Know.”

Odell brought to mind a young Elton John with some spirited playing, and at other times recalled underrated fellow countryman Ed Harcourt.

A female fan yelled “you’re a babe” to the young blond musician. More than a pretty face, his chops were clearly evident amid “Another Love” (a big hit at home) and a soaring “Till I Lost.”

Next up was Baltimore's Wye Oak in the Gobi tent. Before launching into the electronic splendor of "Before" (off new release Shriek, due out next week on Merge Records), singer/bassist and guitarist Jenn Wasner warned: "Welcome to our dark tent. This is as dark and moody as it's gonna get."

During the dreamy title track, Wasner - sporting shades - played a gilded keyboard pattern as her creative partner Andy Stack drummed with a light touch. But the real highlight was the hypnotic "Logic of Color," which had a Yaz musical feel paired with Wasner's clear-as-a-bell, Joni Mitchell-styled vocals.

An overcast afternoon proved to be the perfect setting for Dum Dum Girls. The NYC-based female noise pop band's shadowy tales of broken relationships on the Outdoor Theatre stage provided the soundtrack to a large, but lackadaisical crowd just chilling out.

Lead singer/guitarist Dee Dee Penny wore a sheer, see through black top (color of choice for these gals) that left nothing to the imagination and stood in front of a flower bouquet strewn mike stand. Songs from the latest album Too True, like the glossy, reverb sheen of "Rimbaud Eyes" and  "Under These Hands" were pure bliss. Then Penny pulled out all the stops on epic ballad closer "Coming Down." 

Jagwar Ma drew a large audience to the Gobi tent with their psychedelic dance tunes. Launching with a slow-churning drone, the Sydney trio suffered a bit from a poor sound mix. Yet that didn't stop fans from dancing up a storm to the strains of "Man I Need" (think: 1990s Manchester, England baggy scene), "Exercise" and "Come and Save Me" (featuring a little of Madonna's "Ray of Light"). 

The positive, zany vibes of LA alternative band Grouplove went down a storm on the main Coachella Stage in the late afternoon.

With large graffiti-scrawled 'G' and 'L' letters adorning the stage, their energetic set included "Raspberry," "Shark Attack" and "Spun." The sacharine schtick grew old after awhile though and it was onto more compelling sights and sounds.

Bastille fit the bill. The award-winning UK alt-rock hitmaker filled Mojave to the brim with their memorable, percussive-heavy singalongs. Taking the stage to the strains of the theme to TV show "Twin Peaks," fans sang along loudly from the get-go as lanky singer Dan Smith pogoed around during the title track to debut disc "Bad Blood."

They definitely kept my attention throughout, particularly on "Things We Lost in the Fire," "Icarus" and exhilarating KROQ/106.7 FM fave (and multi-platinum top 10 single) "Pompeii." The cover of Snap's 1992 dance hit "Rhythm is a Dancer" was surprisingly good.

A pair of reunited acts, both featuring their original lead singer and bassist, ended up having the biggest impact Friday.

First came Afghan Whigs, who packed a mighty punch with a Mojave set mostly focused on their new album Do to the Beast. Grammy-winning soul man Van Hunt on hand to reprise his backing vocals from the studio versions. Listening to their music felt like walking down a dark alley in the seedy part of town.

Greg Dulli's sandpaper vocals were powerful as ever. He made reference to it being Good Friday, then the band did an ominous take on "Heaven on Their Minds" from the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Later in the evening, The Replacements, clad in matching plaid suits, were joined by special guest Billie Joe Armstrong.

"We're the world's greatest Replacements cover band; we're called The Cements," joked frontman Paul Westerberg, who was suffering from back problems (and opted for an old Pittsburgh Pirates jersey for attire). He spent much of their time onstage laying on a couch and singing with Armstrong.

Bassist Tommy Stinson (on loan from Guns 'N Roses) also tossed off quips like "this song is from the 1900s." Anchored by drummer Josh Freese, they had a blast with an off-the-cuff performance featuring a few different fan favorites ("Kiss Me on the Bus," "Shooting Dirty Pool," "IOU") than last week at Coachella, not to mention signature songs ("Left of the Dial," I'll Be You," "Bastards of Young").
Fortunately, the 'Mats set ended earlier than at Coachella 1, so I was able to see the tail end of art rock legend Bryan Ferry's set, including a sublime rendition of his classic "Avalon," plus the snazzy "Virginia Plain."

When gates opened at 11 a.m. Saturday, a bunch of people ran over to the Zia Records pop-up store to peruse exclusive, limited edition Record Store Day titles.

Only problem was one of the Arizona-based retailer's shipments was late. People interested in finding more vinyl on their wish list had to return at 1 p.m. The place was very crowded by then.

Late Saturday, there was an unofficial battle between which electronic-based pop act had the best dancers in outlandish masks.

Empire of the Sun's dazzling production spectacle packed the Sahara tent, while a short time later, Pet Shop Boys also served up a fine audio-visual feast in a half-filled Mohave. I'd say the former won by a hair.

I only caught the first half of Pet Shop Boys because Muse simultaneously closed the main Coachella stage.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe started off in black porcupine suits (the first of several costume changes).

The first portion's standouts included the hits "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" and "Suburbia" as well as choice cuts "One More Chance/A Face Like That" and "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" (prefaced by an interpretive dance and everyone onstage in bull horn masks). Several shirtless gay men writhed about, possibly practicing their moves for next weekend's White Party in neighboring Palm Springs.

Aussie Luke Steele's crew in Empire of the Sun expertly mixed live instruments, programming and theatrics like nothing I'd seen before. Songs from the latest album Ice on the Dune all came across well.

Dashing over to the well-attended, but not crammed Coachella stage field, I found England's Muse had re-jiggered and shortened its set from the previous week here and dropped the Nirvana cover.

Singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy led a "Happy Birthday" singalong to actress girlfriend Kate Hudson. "Madness" and "Time is Running Out" were riveting as ever; "Starlight," appropriately magical (albeit lessened by his foray into a B-stage mid-crowd).

Before "Uprising," there was a technical glitch with the cherry pickers that carried Bellamy and bassist Chris Wolstenholme over the crowd. These guys definitely revel in rock bombast (there were also fire plumes above the stage) like few others.

Other U.K. bands made a mighty showing in the tents earlier that afternoon. The post-punk band White Lies were truly transcendent. I don't know why they're not as big Stateside as at home. Frontman Harry McVeigh, clad in a white t-shirt, was all smiles and happy to be back here for the first time in five years.

Prior to an exciting "Unfinished Business," McVeigh noted, "this is a special song for us; the first one we wrote and our first single."

He frequently gestured as he sang and stretched his baritone. From brawny opener "Farewell to the Fairground" and "To Lose My Life" to the swelling synth-heavy "Bigger Than Us" and lush buildup of "There Goes Our Love Again," it was a killer set.

Bombay Bicycle Club filled Mojave and went down a storm with intriguing tunes like "It's Alright Now" and "Home By Now" that recalled everyone from Boo Radleys and Dido (the female backing singer moved front and center a few times), plus Arabic melody samples. LA's Aerial Cinematography Specialists The Drone Dudes flew one of their mini robots over the crowd, prompting mild-mannered singer/guitarist Jack Steadman to smile awkwardly (either in bemusement or dread).

NYC-based Drowners were all clad in black. Their material, ranging from post-punk to Britpop, was a real kick in the pants, sometimes recalling a harder-edged Auteurs and the Smiths ("Button on Your Blouse," "Luv, Hold Me Down," "Shell Across the Tongue"). Welsh leader Matt Hitt finished up by saying "seeing you at the bar." He later told me that their name referred to drowning your sorrows in beer as opposed to the song title by London Suede as I'd thought.

The Pixies were in top form at a well-attended Mojave, front-loading their very loud set with '80s college/alt-rock radio classics like "Wave of Mutilation," "Gouge Away," "Where is My Mind?" and "U-Mass." Frank Black wailed like a madman, while Joey Santiago's shards of electric guitar still cut to the quick.

New songs from the impressive, long-awaited reunion album "Indie Cindy" due in stores next week ("Bagboy," "Magalena 218," the poppy "Greens and Blues") fit in extremely well with the old stuff. And recent recruit Paz Lenchantin on bass acquitted herself well.

After watching music until 1 a.m. the night before, Easter at Coachella was a real lazy Sunday for me. The higher temperature played a role in a short-lived sluggishness. 

Frank Turner’s rousing brand of Celtic-tinged folk/punk immediately dissolved it. The Englishman drew a respectable mid-afternoon audience in the Gobi tent. 

Just as potent as expected and armed with his acoustic guitar, he recalled a young Billy Bragg. “Plain Sailing Weather” (off last year’s Tape Deck Heart) proved fiery, while the wild “Try This at Home” evoked the Pogues and made some enthusiasts dance an Irish jig.

“I feel this is the weekend for real (music) people. The last one was for hipsters,” he noted, before the mandolin-enhanced ballad “Way I Tend to Be.” Another tempered tune, “Wessex Boy,” about Turner’s hometown, prompted a woman to wave a large Union Jack around.

I would’ve liked to have stayed for the entire set, but I was curious to see how The 1975 went over at the Outdoor Theatre stage, having missed their sold out show at Santa Ana's  
Observatory last year.

Dashing to the Outdoor Theatre to watch the last half of their set, I conveniently landed there at 4:20 p.m., thus avoiding any potential clouds of marijuana smoke that might've cropped up in celebration of April 20 (Stoner's Day).

Led by reedy voiced guitarist Matthew Healy (whose mother is actress Denise Welch of long-running UK soap "Coronation Street"), the Manchester-based synth rock band provided the day's best background for several hundred Coachellians vegging out on the grass. The catchy songs about sex: "Heart Out," "Girls," "Chocolate" and um, "Sex" weren't exactly deep, but pleasant to hear.

It was also my second time seeing a sax player onstage, following Capital Cities' super fun appearance on the Outdoor Theatre stage at sundown Saturday. By the way: that LA-based pop band, clad in colorful matching jackets, took the award for sheer exuberance here - notably on perky opener "Kangaroo Court" and major hit "Safe and Sound." Their covers of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" were pretty ace too. 

Returning in short order to Gobi on Sunday, I found a smallish audience there for Superchunk. I didn't see the influential Chapel Hill, NC indie rock band at Coachella ’09, hadn’t seen them since the ‘90s and thought the latest album I Hate Music was strong.

Assisted by tour bassist Jason Narducy (known for live work with Bob Mould), lead singer Mac McCaughan and company didn't disappoint. They provided plenty of careening guitar feedback-laden maelstroms, plus poppy hooks on songs like “Me and You and Jackie Mittoo,” “FOH,” “Trees of Barcelona” and “Crossed Wires.”

New Zealand synth pop group Naked and the Famous did a satisfying turn that mixed denser selections from last year's In Rolling Waves ("A Stillness," "I Kill Giants") with their high flying top 20 alt-rock hits from 2010 ("Punching in a Dream," Young Blood").

Later that night, Gobi hosted yet another sharp set. This time, it was John Newman. The 23-year-old Yorkshire, UK native exuded showmanship. No wonder his 2013 debut effort Tribute topped the chart at home, sold 300K copies and spawned a pair of top 10 singles there.

At Coachella, Newman’s take on Northern Soul was exhilarating and easily the best thing I saw at the festival. Bringing to mind Terence Trent D’Arby, Fine Young Cannibals’ Roland Gift and James Brown, he did some dance moves, collapsed to the floor and paused for dramatic effect.

Despite seemingly half the festival’s attendees watching Beck and Lana Del Rey elsewhere, plenty were drawn to this location.

A trio of backing vocalists bolstered Newman's full-bodied sound, particularly on “Cheating,” the ebullient “Gold Dust” and syncopated hit “Love Me Again.” Fans were also treated to “Not Giving In,” Newman’s popular ’12 breakbeat collaboration with Rudimental and Alex Clare.

Capping the weekend off, Arcade Fire put on a solid set launched with the usual people cavorting onstage in large Mardi Gras-styled masks. Leader Win Butler said, "let's get our special guests out of the way right now" and a fake Daft Punk suddenly played part of a slowed down "Get Lucky" until the band officially started with "Normal Person."

Among the highlights: "Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)," the intense waltz "Crown of Love" - a tour debut with Win on piano - and the racing pace of "No Cars Go."

He prefaced the affecting "We Exist" by explaining it was about a gay kid coming out to his father. "It should be obvious by now, but the ability to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue. We support of gay marriage." That kind of pronouncement probably wasn't heard in many churches Easter Sunday, but it should've been.

I was surprised not to see any musicians mention Easter and only a couple reference Good Friday onstage. There was some religious imagery projected on the big screens on each side of the Outdoor Theatre when Del Rey did the haunting "Body Electric" Sunday night though.

And what was up with all the cardboard cutouts of movie and music stars that people held up? Is this a trend? Regardless, there were plenty of memorable musical moments to savor at Coachella - still one of the best music festivals in America, despite the increasing attendance level. I look forward to the 2015 edition.

Thanks to Robert Kinsler for the use of some photos. Read his coverage at

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Who's Quadrophenia Live 2013

In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album.

The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London’s Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.

Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits.

The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather,” “Doctor Jimmy” and a powerful performance of “Love Reign O’er Me.”

With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for “5:15,” and Keith Moon for his signature song “Bell Boy.”

In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band do classic tracks such as “Pinball Wizard,“ “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Tea & Theatre,” from their 2006 release Endless Wire.

QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON will be available in various configurations including an expanded 5-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Metal Box which includes the High Definition Blu-Ray™ and standard DVD of the concert film, both in 5.1 Surround Sound audio; a two-CD soundtrack of the show; and for the first time, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire 1973 album release of Quadrophenia on a Blu-Ray Pure Audio.

Extras include a 6” Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a 32-page booklet, all housed in a 10” metal container embossed with the movie-inspired, iconic, Mod bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.

QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON will also be made available separately on High Definition Blu-Ray™, standard DVD, and a downloadable Digital Concert Video, with the complete audio from the concert film being released as a two-CD soundtrack and a downloadable Digital Album. The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will be released as a single-disc Blu-Ray Pure Audio™.

Track List - All Formats Except 1973 Version

1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
5. The Punk And The Godfather
6. I’m One
7. The Dirty Jobs
8. Helpless Dancer
9. Is It In My Head?
10. I’ve Had Enough
11. 5:15
12. Sea And Sand
13. Drowned
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign O’er Me

Bonus Performances

18. Who Are You
19. You Better You Bet
20. Pinball Wizard
21. Baba O’Riley
22. Won’t Get Fooled Again
23. Tea & Theatre

Track List - Blu-Ray Audio Disc™ Quadrophenia (1973) Album 5.1 Mix

1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
5. The Punk And The Godfather
6. I’m One
7. The Dirty Jobs
8. Helpless Dancer
9. Is It In My Head?
10. I’ve Had Enough
11. 5:15
12. Sea And Sand
13. Drowned
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign O’er Me

- 10” Round Metal Mod Headlight Container
- 1 Blu-Ray Disc™: Concert Film
- 1 Standard DVD: Concert Film
- 1 Blu-ray Pure Audio™ Format: Quadrophenia (1973) 5.1 Album Mix – First Time Ever
- 2-CD Soundtrack: Concert Audio
- Mod Headlight Button
- 6” Mod Headlight Sticker
- 32-Page Booklet

- Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

- Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

- First time ever 5.1 mix of the entire album Quadrophenia (1973)

- Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

- Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Audio

- Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Audio

Coldplay, Natalie Merchant concert news

Coldplay have announced that they will mark the release of their new album, Ghost Stories, by playing six intimate shows in six cities around the world. 

The dates are as follows:
25 April - E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
5 May - Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
19 May - Royce Hall, Los Angeles, USA
28 May - Casino de Paris, Paris, France
12 June - Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1 July - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale at 9am CET on Saturday, 19 April from
Ticket information for the remaining five shows will be emailed exclusively to subscribers to the Coldplay mailing list (which can be joined at
Ghost Stories is Coldplay's sixth album. It will be released worldwide on Monday, 19 May.

With Nonesuch Records set to release Natalie Merchant’s new self-titled album on May 6, the multi-platinum singer will embark on a 16-date summer tour across the U.S.
Tickets are available at, please see below for tour dates. This recording marks Merchant’s sixth solo collection and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years.
A new Dan Winters-directed video for the track “Giving Up Everything” premiered on NPR Music and can be seen on YouTube. Natalie Merchant is available for pre-order at,, and iTunes; an instant download of the track “Ladybird” is included.


July 3 Ulster Performing Arts Center Kingston, NY
July 5 The Mahaiwe Theatre Great Barrington, MA
July 6 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
July 8 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ
July 9 American Music Theatre Lancaster, PA
July 11 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
July 12 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
July 13 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
July 15 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
July 16 Shubert Theatre Boston, MA
July 18 State Theatre Portland, ME
July 19 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
July 20 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Ctr Westhampton Beach, NY
July 22 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA
July 24 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
July 25 The Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Secret Sisters return with new music, tour with Nickel Creek

I saw the gals at Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif. a couple years ago and they were one of my highlights there. Looking forward to hearing the new album. Great double touring bill too! See below for details... 

The Secret Sisters new album, Put Your Needle Down is available now via Republic Records. The Alabama duo's sophomore set was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Primarily written or co-written by siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers, the songs are a Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel. The album features "Dirty Lie," co-written with Bob Dylan.

An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing "Dirty Lie" back in the '80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

In support of the album's release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

Track Listing

1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don't
10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

Tour dates

4/18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/21 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
4/22 Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, GA
4/24 NC Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC
4/25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 nTelos Wireless Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
4/27 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
4/29 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
5/01 House of Blues Boston, MA
5/02 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
5/03 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/04 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/06 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
5/08 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
5/09 Riviera Theater Chicago, IL
5/10 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
5/11 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
5/13 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
5/14 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
5/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
5/17 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
5/19 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
5/20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
5/21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA

Ziggy Marley album out now; tours through August

Fly Rasta, the fifth studio album from Grammy winner Ziggy Marley was released this week to all physical and online retail outlets via Tuff Gong Worldwide.

Produced by Marley with additional production by Dave Cooley, the title track features The Melody Makers’ Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley and Rica Newell.

Ziggy is scheduled for The Late Show with David Letterman on April 29, The Queen Latifah Show on May 1, Real Time with Bill Maher on May 2 and Conan on May 5. The summer North American tour dates are below. 

Fly Rasta track listing:

I Don’t Wanna Live On Mars
Fly Rasta feat. U-Roy
Moving Forward feat. Beezy Coleman
So Many Rising
I Get Up feat. Cedella Marley
You’re My Yoko
Give It Away


4/27 New York, NY SOBS
5/22 Santa Ynez, CA Chumas Casino
5/23 Brooks, CA Cache Creek Casino
5/24 Monterey, CA California Roots Festival
5/25 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
6/14 Toronto, ON Luminato Festival
6/15 Montreal, QC Olympia Theater
6/17 Rutland, VT Paramount Theater
6/19 Lowell, MA Boarding House Park
6/21 Hyannis, MA Cape Code Melody Tent
6/22 Dover, DE Firefly Festival
6/24 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/25 Lewiston, NY Artpark (with Steel Pulse)
6/27 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
6/28 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater
6/29 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
7/2 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amp.
7/3 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/4 Des Moines, IA Western Gateway Park
7/5 Sioux City, IA Grandview Park
7/19 Costa Mesa, CA OC County Fair
7/25 Floyd, VA Floydfest
7/26 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore
7/31 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
8/1 New York, NY Irving Plaza
8/2 Westhampton Beach, NY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
8/3 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes
8/7 Detroit, MI Motor City Casino
8/9 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top
8/12 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater
8/13 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
8/15 Jackson, MS Jackson R+B Festival
8/19 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
8/24 Seattle, WA Seattle Zoo
8/28 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
8/29 Snowmass, CO JAS Festival

Paul McCartney announces new U.S. shows

Paul McCartney's Out There tour continues with another half dozen dates in America.

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

* On June 16, Paul will return to Dallas to play the American Airlines Center, his first visit to Dallas since closing his summer 2009 tour with a sold out show at Cowboys Stadium.

* June 21 will see Paul get back to another city he last played on that 2009 tour, when the Out There tour rolls into Atlanta's Philips Arena.

* Jacksonville FL will experience its first ever full Paul McCartney headline concert June 22 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena--Paul's only previous performances in Jacksonville being his four-song set at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, and the one and only show The Beatles ever played in Florida at the Gator Bowl in 1964.

* On June 25 Paul will play Nashville for the second time, once again at the Bridgestone Arena where he made his historic debut in the Music City on his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

* Paul's August 7 date at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City will be his second ever show in Utah, the first having been on the 2010 Up and Coming Tour-which also marked the 200th show Paul had played with his current touring band.

These dates expand an itinerary including New Orleans, Louisville KY, Albany NY and Pittsburgh, all of which sold out virtually instantly upon going on sale Monday, April 14.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career-as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul's most recent studio album New, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience features Paul's band of the last 10+ years - Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums).

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m.


June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
June 16 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
June 19 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center (SOLD OUT)
June 21 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
June 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
June 26 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center (SOLD OUT)
July 5 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center (SOLD OUT)
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena 

American Idol Live! summer tour dates

The top 10 finalists from this season's American Idol: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf - will start their tour this June. Tickets go on sale starting May 9 via 

For every ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma.

The show's season finale will air Tuesday, May 20, (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) and Wednesday, May 21, (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on Fox.

Tour dates:

DATE              CITY                                        VENUE

6/24/14            Binghamton, NY                     Broome County Arena
6/25/14            Albany, NY                              Times Union Center
6/27/14            Windsor, ON                           The Colosseum at Caesars
6/28/14            Orillia, ON                               Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
6/29/14            Syracuse, NY                         Oncenter Complex
7/1/14              Highland Park, IL                    Ravinia Festival
7/3/14              Cincinnati, OH                        Horseshoe Cincinnati
7/5/14              Mashantucket, CT                  Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/6/14              Vienna, VA                              Wolf Trap
7/8/14              West Long Branch, NJ            The MAC at Monmouth University
7/9/14              Boston, MA                             Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/11/14            Uniondale, NY                         Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/12/14            Bethlehem, PA                        Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/13/14            Durham, NC                           Durham Performing Arts Center
7/15/14            Philadelphia, PA                      Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/17/14            Sarasota, FL                           Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
7/18/14            Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/19/14            Ft. Lauderdale, FL                   Broward Center for the Performing Arts
7/20/14            Saint Augustine, FL                 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/22/14            Greenville, SC                        Peace Center Concert Hall
7/24/14            Alpharetta, GA                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25/14            New Orleans, LA                    Saenger Theatre
7/26/14            Birmingham, AL                      BJCC Concert Hall
7/28/14            San Antonio, TX                      Majestic Theatre
7/29/14            Grand Prairie, TX                    Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/30/14            Tulsa, OK                                Brady Theater
8/1/14              Kansas City, MO                    Midland Theatre
8/2/14              Mulvane, KS                           Kansas Star Casino
8/3/14              Council Bluffs, IA                    Harrah's Ballroom
8/6/14              Indianapolis, IN                       Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
8/7/14              Mt. Pleasant, MI                      Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/8/14              Springfield, IL                          Illinois State Fair
8/9/14              Prior Lake, MN                       Mystic Lake Casino
8/11/14            Broomfield, CO                       1STBANK Center
8/13/14            Phoenix, AZ                            Comerica Theatre
8/14/14            Los Angeles, CA                     Greek Theatre
8/16/14            Indio, CA                                 Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
8/17/14            San Jose, CA                          City National Civic
8/20/14            Jacksonville, OR                     Britt Pavilion
8/21/14            Portland, OR                           Theater Of The Clouds at The Moda Center
8/23/14            Redmond, WA                        Marymoor Park